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Mullumbimby

By: Melissa Lucashenko
Narrated by: Tasma Walton
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When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping for a tree change, and a blossoming connection to the land of her Aboriginal ancestors. What she discovers instead is sharp dissent from her teenage daughter, trouble brewing from unimpressed white neighbours and a looming Native Title war between the local Bundjalung families. When Jo unexpectedly finds love on one side of the Native Title divide she quickly learns that living on country is only part of the recipe for the Good Life.

Told with humour and a sharp satirical eye, Mullumbimby is a modern story set against an ancient land.

©2013 Melissa Lucashenko (P)2022 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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Exceptional. Powerful. Moving.

This was an exquisite book. I absolutely loved it. I'd recommend it over and over to anyone. As I am a white Australian male, the insights gained through this masterpiece can not really be expressed in words, except that I am floored and so grateful.

Listening to this audiobook opened my heart and wrenched many gasping tears from my centre, often sadness but mostly joy and awe.

I just love Melissa Lucashenko's use of language. She seamlessly weaves Bandjalang words and phrases into a deceptively simple style, so by the end of the book you know quite a bit of 'lingo'. I found the structure of the whole thing to be perfectly sophisticated and truly inspiring.

The narrating was also absolutely on point. How Tasma Walton was able to get through reading this incredible, emotional book without crying I will never know. There must have been takes where she balled her eyes out.
I thought I might read it to my girlfriend but found out quickly that there would be no hope of that!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Moving

This is a book written from the heart. Loved the language and the weaving of storyline. Highly recommended

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Great book

Love the mixing of two cultures and the enlightenment of when you find your purpose.
This was a great Australian book with Tasmin Walton the perfect choice of narrator.

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Loved it!

Great story, entertaining and perfectly read.
A fair bit of swearing but always in perfect context, adding flavour to conversations. Really loved it!

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Loved this

Beautiful powerful story about connection to country. The narration is excellent. am sad to have finished

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Incredible

I wouldn’t usually pick up a book like this, I generally favour lighthearted easy reads, however this was a book club book so I gave it a go. SO GLAD I DID. It was absolutely beautiful - so descriptive, and I loved the authentic feel that you got from so hearing the traditional Aboriginal language. The characters were all loveable, and Tasma was an amazing narrator. Couldn’t fault it - incredible!

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Moving, illuminating, beautiful and uplifting

This is one of the best audio books I've listened to for a while. The writing is sublime, so evocative of a very beautiful part of Australia. The story is gripping and moving, funny and piognant, important and passionate. The narration bloody excellent! So glad I listened to this, the last hour kept me up til 2am... a sign of a wonderful tale.

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A must read

Thank you for writting this book , for showing us another way that indiginous Australians see our home. We don't know if we don't know.
At least I have taken a step forward an d I thank you.

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i really enjoyed this book !

well read with refreshing, thought provoking and honest storyline. Truly Australian descriptions of this beautiful cpuntry

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Incredible and deeply moving

This book is a must read. It made my heart sore and my eyes weep with both grief and joy.

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In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.